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August 16 - 31, 2018 OPINION PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY  Rey Fortaleza - Publisher Carlito Pablo - Editorial Consultant Rosette Correa - Senior Editor Jun Cordero - Associate Editor Writers - Crisanta Sampang ; Columnists - Geoff Meggs, Ben Berto, Editha Corrales, Mon Datol, Fr. Jerry Orbos SVD, DeeDee Sytangco, Alan Samuel, Erie Maestro, Sandee M. Ed Malay, Jayne Anastacio, JJAtencio and Willie J. Uy (Manila Bureau Chief) Alvin Barrera / Mon Correa - Graphics and Layout ; Rolly Fortaleza - Graphics Design JoelCastro - Website; Julian Fortaleza - Sports Editor; Ricardo Fortaleza- Sports Photography Editor: Dean Guzman; Photograhers- Charles De Jesus/ Christian Cunanan Reyfort Publishing & Entertainment Office Add: 9955 -149th Street, Surrey, B.C. V3R 7N2 Email: info@philippinenewstoday.ca Website: www.philippineasiannewstoday.com http://www.reyfortmediagroup.com Tel: (604) 588-news (6397) Fax: (604) 588-6387 Copyright of letters and other materials submitted and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the Publisher may freely reproduce them in any other forms. Opinions and views expressed are of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY. E-mail: info@philippinenewstoday.ca Breaking Point By Rosette Correa Filipinos are such a forgiving people. We have seen this happening in many instances, as we are pacifists and do not really want to engage in an argument if we don’t have to be in one. So, when President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better qualified leaders to succeed him if ever he resigns or steps down, Filipinos kept a tight lip, and while it is never acceptable to usurp a position from a duly elected official such as the current Vice President Leni Robredo, no one will say anything because they just don’t want the confrontation, unless it smells like a political repression of freedom and liberty. Harry Roque, Duterte’s spokesperson, made this assertion after the President expressed preference for either Marcos or Senator Francis Escudero to take on the country’s top job should he decide to cut short his six-year term that ends in 2022. Duterte said that he is just making true his word, that he will hand over the presidency to Marcos when he wins the protest. Of course, this is, plain and simple, pushing his agenda to further is and his cronies’ plans to take over the Philippines once again. The whole world is looking at the Philippines through magnifying lenses, screaming, “ What? Another Marcos?” Duterte, expressed frustration over continuing corruption in government as he floated (again!) the possibility of cutting short his term, Bulong Pulungan By Deedee Siytangco Reprinted from Manila Bulletin ANGEL THOUGHTS Its easy to become soft in America. Who does not want to enjoy the freedom? But as long as the Filipino people are suffering, I think it would be more meaningful if we can go back there and share that suffering. —Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. ********** The charismatic opposition leader who had been jailed for seven-and-a- half years did come back. He could have remained in sweet exile in the US, but his sense of patriotism to try to do something for his beloved countrymen made him come back. He wanted try to talk sense to the dictator, his fraternity brother in the Palace. His decision to return was against the well-meaning advice of supporters Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Robredo raising the white towel in defeat. This after close to 10,000 deaths through his program Oplan Tokhang, and who knows what other projects that promised to rid the Philippines of drug dealers and the criminality brought about by the drug business. His cronies forgot to remind him during the presidential elections that he was actually running a country, and not a small city called Davao, and that his Charles Bronson- Death Wish type of rule wasn’t going to work on a drug-riddled, police- corrupted and politician-abused system of government that millions of Filipinos know will never be resolved. His attempts to be popular by his pronouncements of vigilantism, hating and cursing God, appointing a porn star as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, among others, is now stale and tiring, and people aren’t buying it anymore. He expressed his aversion to the fact that Robredo is his constitutional successor. It’s like an itch he cannot scratch. He thinks it’s wise to just simply dismiss her, but this move you cannot really do by simply shooting your foot off. That’s a move PM Justin Trudeau has mastered. Not giving the presidency to Robredo if he does resign is another familiar historical event coming - a widow in yellow, Marcos as the enemy - sound familiar? Leave it to Duterte to justify his choice - belittling Robredo’s leadership ability, saying she could not handle the country’s pressing problems including the drug menace. Look who’s talking - he himself wasn’t very successful at it. A cowardly move. Belittling the enemy to look good. Duterte should look to 92-year old Mahatir Mohamed for inspiration. The old guy came back to life when he resurrected at a debate whether he was fit to rule again as Prime Minister of Malaysia. He says he’s not yet senile, and dared the debaters to say it in his face. That was a Charles Bronson move. It was pure, trademark Mahatir. In an unlikely comeback, he’s switched sides in Malaysian politics, coming out of retirement to unite an opposition that’s seeking to end his former party’s 60-year hold on power and oust his protege, Prime Minister Najib Razak, in May 9 elections. Unlike Mahatir though, Duterte will not come back into politics the way the Malaysian tiger did. No comparison is fitting. Not even Ferdinand Marcos can do the same, so son Bongbong shouldn’t even try to be like dad. Mahatir’s retirement in 2003 was welcomed by many Malaysians who wanted the country’s progress to be measured more by more than just GDP figures. His goodbye was not a shameful one, but one that was made to make sure Malaysia moved on. His legacy though, although somber and dictatorial in nature, made Malaysia an economically well-sustained country, thus, his comeback may not be impossible. People have even said that Mahathir is now welcomed by many “as a messianic figure, someone who has come back from the past” to redeem the country. Duterte won’t be able to hold a candle to Mahatir. Once Duterte steps down, he steps down like any other failed politician who promised a miracle, but left the Philippines in shambles the way it was originally in, and worse than before. He’s another political figure that Philippine history has to deal with in shame. Ninoy Aquino Remembered on his 35th Anniversary and his family. His assassination by his military escorts sent to “secure” him, in front of the international media group which accompanied him, lit the spark that became the bloodless People Power Revolution three years later. His funeral, attended by more than a million people, was a big blow to President Marcos. Last Tuesday there was a 35th year memorial mass for Ninoy at the gravesite he shares with the woman who stood behind him and supported him while he fought for democracy and freedom. In the afternoon, Tindig Pilipinas organized another mass at the historic Sto. Domingo Church and it was full of yellow-clad supporters and friends of Ninoy. Portions of EDSA was again festooned with yellow ribbons! His only son, the former President, reminded supporters that “if we are to follow the footsteps of those who came ahead of us, we should do our part, no matter how small we think it is. Let us keep in mind,” he continued, “that it is not up to Pedro or Juan or whoever, to save us. Let us keep in mind that we are the ones responsible for our future.” And yes, he will campaign for the opposition candidates POWER COUPLE. Ninoy and Cory Aquino that makes me feel better,” her only son next year! Now, how do Ninoy’s two eldest mused. Cory succumbed to color cancer and children, Ballsy Cruz and former President Benigno S. Aquino III, remember their its complications and was memorialized mother, the Icon of Democracy, Corazon with a funeral procession that lasted several hours because of the million or so C. Aquino? “I still miss mom, very much! And mourners who lined the when I do, I talk with my siblings and streets from San Juan to CONT PAGE 14 WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM